Chocolate chip zucchini muffins

Day 2 of our zucchini extravaganza!  This recipe was slightly inspired by the Green Monster Muffins.  I figured if we can hide spinach in a breakfast muffin, I can certainly hide zucchini.  I made them with the larger muffin tin so that Dan would actually eat breakfast and not procrastinate from eating until lunch.

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These muffins are a bit calorie dense for me and had I been eating them I would probably make the smaller muffins and added in some chia or flax seeds.  However, they were perfect just the way they are for Dan.

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins adapted from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
It can be argued that these are dessert and not breakfast, you say breakfast, I say dessert, it’s all about perspective.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Pound zucchini, coarsely grated (about 1 cup)
6-oz semisweet chocolate chips

 Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray muffin pan with nonstick spray

2. In a medium bowl, whisk the 1 1/2 c flour, 2 T cocoa powder, 1/2 t cinnamon, 1/2 t baking soda, 1/4 t baking powder, and 1/4 t salt together. 

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the 3/4 c sugar, 1/2 c oil, 1 egg, and 1/2 t vanilla on medium speed until thick and creamy, about 2 minutes. 

4. Reduce the mixer speed to low, add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. 

5. Use a spatula to fold in the zucchini and 6 oz chocolate chips.
 
6. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared muffin tin. 

7. Bake for about 30 minutes(longer if you make bigger muffins), or until the a toothpick comes out clean. 

8. Transfer the tin to a cooling rack for 5 minutes before you remove the muffins to finish cooling.

Nutritionals (6 BIG muffins) Cals: 544, Fat: 29, Carb: 70, Fiber: 3, Protein: 7

Nutritionals (12 muffins) Cals: 272, Fat: 14, Carb: 35, Fiber: 2, Protein:4